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How to store away your summer clothing

By Blog Author on Tues. Sept. 4th, 2017
How to store your clothes for summer.

As we say goodbye to summer we must also say goodbye to our warm weather wardrobe. One of the best ways to make space in your closet for your jeans, sweaters, and coats is to store away your summer clothing. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you pack away your unneeded clothes until spring.

  1. Clean your clothes - Ensuring that your clothes are clean before storing is extremely important. If there are any spots and stains use a stain remover to get them out the best you can. The longer clothing sits the harder those stains will be to get out. Also, If you have food or grime on your clothing that could attract unwanted pests that could damage your clothing.
  2. Sort and repair - We all have clothes that we are holding onto that we do not wear anymore. Take a minute to sort through your summer clothing and donate all of the clothes that you don’t see yourself wearing next year. Also, pull out any clothing that needs repairs. Sew or patch holes and repair any loose seams. This will make the transition from winter to spring so much easier, when you pull everything out in spring the clothes will be ready to wear!
  3. Find a container - If you have access to them, plastic bins with lids are your best option for storing away clothes. Bins are going to do better at keeping out moisture and pests than a plastic bag or cardboard box. Many people purchase vacuum bags for storage, while these can save space they can also be damaging to your clothes. Your clothes need to breath, and the vacuum bags will not allow for any circulation.
  4. Find a location - Find a cold, dry, dark, secure location to keep your clothing. You do not want the clothes exposed to heat or light as they can both have negative effects on the fabric. Sun can cause fading or discoloration so make sure the area stays dark throughout the day. You also do not want the area to be prone to moisture. Moisture can cause mold and mildew, and might also attract pests that will harm your clothing. Lastly, make sure the area is secure. The whole purpose of properly storing your clothes is so that they will be here for you next season so make sure they are safe.

We hope you found these tips helpful! Do you have some summer clothes to get out of the way for winter? visit American Self Storage where you can reserve a unit at a facility near you.